Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this early 1 Gallon Ovoid Jar made and stamped by "I. M. Mead, Portage Co., Ohio."
This is the mark of Ira Mead, one of Ohio's earliest potters who worked in Portage County, Ohio in the 1830's to 1850's (See F. Robert Treichler, A History of Northeast Ohio Stoneware, pp. 27-29).
Made around 1840, this jar has an Early Ovoid Form with the Pottery Stamp Accented in Cobalt. Cobalt accent on the front of the handle terminals as well. Comes with what appears to be the original lid. Stands 9" tall.
Very Good Condition. Four small chips inside the top rim (1/8" to 3/8"), a dozen similar size chips and a 1" hairline outside the rim, and a 1/4" chip at the base. No body hairlines, cracks, stains, or restoration. The lid has two chips on the top edge (3/16", 1 1/8"). Leans
slightly to the right in the making.
A nice early Ohio ovoid jar.
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